15 grand castles that render the spirit of medieval Europe

There is something incredibly romantic about medieval stately mansions cresting picturesque European hills. They were witnesses of driving and mysterious ages, of brave knights, beautiful ladies and bloody battles. We will show you 15 magnificent castles that still exist and remain uncorrupted.

Have you ever visited any of these castles? Are you a fan of medieval history and architecture? Please tell us in the comments!

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Lydia Coutts
Good list, but as a resident of Scotland's capital I must protest the absence of Edinburgh Castle - one of the most iconic castles in Europe, and deservedly so. I mean, as well as being quite ridiculously grand and picturesque, it's built on an extinct volcano...
Mar 6, 2016 10:27PM
Shelly Donvig
Shelly Donvig
loved this site but to bad we cant see inside
Mar 5, 2016 9:46PM
Michael D Clubine
Very cool
Nov 4, 2019 2:17AM
Gwyneth Thomas
Lovely I love castles would love to visit all of them
Oct 20, 2019 1:07PM
I agree with Lydia! I've been to Edinburgh Castle and it is absolutely magnificent as it overlooks the city from it's breathtaking volcanic perch at the top of the Royal Mile. It should definitely be on this list!
Aug 11, 2019 12:50PM
Diane Thompson
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
Aug 2, 2019 8:32AM
Helen Barry
Very good been to Cashel many timrz
Aug 1, 2019 2:45PM
Maqsood Baluch
Jul 31, 2019 1:59PM
Yvonne Whysall
That was also the castle in the film chatty chitty bang bang. I went there as a child to Bavaria, truly beautiful
Jul 31, 2019 11:55AM
Kathi Taylor
I always wonder how these master pieces were built so long ago without the help of modern machinery 🤷🏻‍♀️
Jul 31, 2019 11:19AM
George Charilaou
I'm sure that there are thousands of great and beautiful castles around the world, only in Cyprus where I live, there are a lot of castles with their history and beauty!
Jul 31, 2019 8:32AM
Kathy Phillips
loved this site
Jul 31, 2019 8:03AM
Ian Swindale
Not just Edinburgh Castle but Leeds Castle in Kent and Gorey Castle in Jersey. Obviously to show all the castles worthy of being shown is an impossible task and any list drawn up one of us would be different to that drawn up by someone else, etc.
Jul 31, 2019 5:12AM
Leonard Dixon
interesting history
Jul 31, 2019 4:19AM
King Ludwig's castle is absolutely incredible, even his bed (four poster, obviously) took top people 27 years to carve. The place is almost to much for the senses to take in. The view from his bedroom makes the two lakes n the pic, look like one lake ie a piece of stone covers the gap in the view. The lake was the inspiration for 'Swan Lake' and was the place his subjects used to drown him, as he bankrupt the country with his obsession with castles (he built lots), hence the term 'Mad King Ludwig', Neuschwanstein is incredible incredible (pronounced Noivanstine)
Jul 31, 2019 3:05AM
Barb Beck
I got to go to Mont St Michel when in Normandy France. It is the MOST Amazing castle ever. to see it in person, you are in awe at the way it was built, when it was built, and what great condition it is in.
Jul 31, 2019 2:58AM
Andy Andrews
What about Windsor and Edinburg Castles - They are stunning but not romantic.
Jul 31, 2019 2:32AM

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